In the business world everyone from small startups through to large enterprises are switching their operations to the cloud. For the small business, there are definite advantages to moving to the cloud, but the transition can be daunting.
The problem is that cloud computing has become such a buzzword that typing the phrase into Google just thrusts merciless amounts of information at you, most of which contains very little practical guidance.
To help you take action, Turbine has created this 30-day small business guide to moving to the cloud. Each week we’ll give you five goals that will guide you through a manageable transition and which will ensure you get the most from your move to the cloud. Your one-month migration starts here:
Moving to the cloud week one: research
- Assess your need for the cloud. The cloud boasts advantages like cost savings, automatic back up and updates, time savings, flexible working, potential for growth and ease of collaboration. You need to consider just what will bring the most tangible benefits to your particular business.
- Understand the drawbacks. Not every business is moving their operations to the cloud for either financial or sentimental reasons. Some list faulty internet, lack of customer help or security concerns. With so many options for cloud services, it’s often easy to sidestep those disadvantages and remember you can shift just some of your business to the cloud and still reap plenty of benefits.
- Determine what you want from the cloud. For small businesses, software as a service can perform purchasing and expenses, human resources, task management, collaboration, customer service and data storage (to name but a few). Each business has different needs so think what you want the cloud to do for you – the point is that the cloud is there to work for you, not the other way around.
- Strategize the migration. Explore what the cloud meant for other businesses and the motivation behind the move. Our goal for this series is to guide you, but you have the best understanding of what the migration will look like in your business.
- Count costs and measure resources. Different programs have different subscription costs which should be measured against what your business would spend on an updated server, purchasing an additional user, cost for the updated version for in-house software or paying an IT professional.
If you are planning to enable remote and mobile working via the cloud then check your infrastructure to ensure the equipment and internet connection are adequate for the apps you prefer, the number of people using it and the devices they plan to access them on.
Of course, assessment and strategy are important first steps, but next week we move on to action; don’t worry, there’ll still be a chance to try before you buy all the way in to being a cloud-based business.